Elders and Staff


Grace Redeemer is a Presbyterian church whose spiritual leadership rests with the Session—a body comprised of Teaching Elders (i.e., pastors and associate pastors) and Ruling Elders. In the Bible, the terms “elder” and “overseer” are used interchangeably to refer to this position of spiritual leadership over a local church. The elders are called to shepherd the flock, to teach the Scriptures to the congregation, to guard the church from false teaching, and to demonstrate Christ-like character.

Now the overseer is to be above reproach, faithful to his wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him, and he must do so in a manner worthy of full respect. —1st Timothy 3:2-4


You can contact the Session by emailing session@graceredeemer.com.




Rev. Peter Wang — Senior Pastor, Teaching Elder

A native of New Jersey, Peter came to Grace Redeemer in 2004 after ministering in Delaware and—prior to seminary—working in the financial sector. He holds a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and a M.Div. from Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, Mississippi. Peter and his wife, Cedar, have three children: Matthew, Kaylyn and Mitchell. Peter serves as Moderator of Session. Email Peter.

Lee Augsburger — Ruling Elder

Lee serves as Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer for Prudential Financial, Inc. Lee and his wife, Sharon, have one daughter. They have been members of GRC since 2013. 


John Chung — Ruling Elder

John is a medical director in Oncology at Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals. John and his wife, Kayla have two children. The family started attending GRC in 2008, and John was ordained as a Ruling Elder in 2012.

Steve Hoogerhyde — Ruling Elder

Steve has attended Grace Redeemer Church since 2005 and was ordained as a Ruling Elder in 2006. An Executive Vice President of Clifton Savings Bank, Steve resides in Hackensack.

John Gregory — Ruling Elder

John has been a member of GRC since 2008. A resident of Wyckoff, he has led a Growth Group for the past 4+ years. He has sung in the GRC choir and, on occasion, led morning worship. John is an independent writer of feature articles and website content and published a historical fiction novel in 2014.

Matthias Prinz — Ruling Elder

Matthias began attending Grace Redeemer Church in 2009 and received an ordination as a Ruling Elder in 2013. Married to Karola and father of four, Matthias is a resident of Ridgewood and a Principal in Global Commercial Consulting at Decision Resources Group.

Donald Thampy — Ruling Elder

Donald and wife, Maya, have been attending GRC since 2013 and became members within a year. They have 2 beautiful daughters, Nehara and Neriah. He's an Account Manager at Accenture, with focus on the pharmaceutical industry. 



Jaclyn Chang
Director of Operations

Jaclyn has attended Grace Redeemer since 2002, and began managing Sunday morning logistics in 2003. A graduate of New York University, she and her husband, John, have two children: Rachel and Evan. Email Jaclyn.


Karen Jacobsen
Director of Children’s Ministries

Karen arrived at GRC after working with children in Rwanda on behalf of Food for the Hungry. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Cedarville University and has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from New York University. Email Karen.


Jessica Kern
Clerical Assistant

Jessica began working at Grace Redeemer Church in 2015 as a child care teacher for the Women’s Bible Study. She continues that work in addition to now working as a clerical assistant. She lives in Saddle Brook with her husband and their two children.


Rev. Ken Lont
Executive Director

Ken holds a B.S. from Fairleigh Dickinson University and a M.Div. from Biblical Theological Seminary. He founded Applied Biblical Counseling and also ran a family business. After a brief retirement, Ken became the first Executive Director at Grace Redeemer Church. He and his wife Judy have two sons, a daughter-in-law and two grandchildren. Email Ken.

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David Noel Jr.
Director Of Youth Ministry

David was born and raised in White Plains, NY. After studying Music Psychology and Philosophy at Manhattanville College, David went on to serve as a youth leader in the French Speaking Baptist Church. Along with his work at GRC, he teaches piano to children in New York and Connecticut. Email David.


Anna Ruberti
Business Manager

Anna has been a member of Grace Redeemer Church since 2000, and has served in her current capacity since 2004. Educated at Rutgers University—Newark, she and her husband, Ted, have four children: Truman, Sophia, Luke and Calvin. Email Anna.

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Steve Sage
Pastor of Discipleship & Teaching Elder

Steve was born and raised in Kansas. He worked for 10 years after college in business before entering pastoral ministry in 2002, serving churches in Colorado and Michigan before joining us at Grace Redeemer. He holds a B.S. in History from Kansas State University, M.Div. from Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, and D.Miss. from Fuller Theological Seminary’s School of Intercultural Studies, where he now also serves as part-time Adjunct Faculty in the Doctor of Missiology department. Steve and his wife, Carissa, have three children: Brendan, Caden, and Sydney. Email Steve.

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Rachel Sang
Assistant Director of Children’s Ministries - Elementary

Rachel has attended Grace Redeemer since 2001 and became a member in 2004. She has served in Children's Ministry as Sunday school teacher and nursery volunteer over the course of those years. Originally from the south, she graduated from The College of William and Mary in Virginia and relocated to New Jersey in 2001. There she met her husband, James, and they are the proud parents of two boys. Email Rachel.

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Al Stangl
Facility Manager

Al started employment at Grace Redeemer in May 2017. Previously he worked for Financial Service Inc for 38 years. Al and his wife reside in Midland Park NJ and have 4 children/2 grand children. Email Al

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Karl Stephens
Director of Worship Ministries

Karl grew up in a pastor’s home in Ft. Collins, CO. He attended college in SC where he received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Church Music and where he met his future wife, Ginny. Karl and Ginny are blessed with three daughters: Lauren, Megan, and Kate. Karl comes to NJ after serving for 25 years at churches in Colorado, Virginia, and Arizona. Karl and his family began attending GRC in 2017 when Karl began serving as the Director of Worship Ministries. Email Karl.


Teresa Vargas
Office Manager

Teresa has been the Office Manager at GRC since 2007. Previously, she worked in positions related to sales, management, and administration. She and her husband Victor are parents to Stephanie, Joshua, Emily and Natalie. Email Teresa.